Has been sitting in a warehouse for many years. Pa inspection sticker is from 1977. Engine turned freely with compression two years ago but now feels tight. Bike is pretty much complete, but has a lot of oxidation and rust. Black in color, Earls fork, small foldable rack on rear fender. unfortunatley the title was lost in a fire. Considering selling it for my cousin but have no idea it's value. offered $1500.00 locally. Is this fair? If anyone can provide a little more info it would be greatly appreciated. This bike will need a restoration, it's not a buy it and ride it machine, but a good project.
The mid '60s bikes also had issues with the heads...the term "butterheads" have been coined for this. The rocker supports begin to sink into the heads. Fixable, but it might happen.
I'd say $1500 is fair...there's a complete teardown ahead...that's what I'd do.
The R69S is the highly desired bike, the R60/2 is still somewhat capable on the road. The R50/2 is certainly on the low end of the desireable scale.
Post some photos.
Hard to guess at a price without photos but $1,500 may be on the low side. There are a couple of bikes for sale right now on IBMWR as I recall that don't sound any better but have substantially higher asking prices. One is (literally) in boxes with lots of "patina" and the asking price is $4,995. Probably high for that bike but I would place a price somewhere between the talked about $1500 and the IBMWR price 0f $4995. Again - - pictures would help a lot. As for the R50/2 being on the "low end of the desireability scale", I'm pleased at some of the prices I've been seeing lately, especially since I've recently bought one. A 1965 R50 recently sold on eBay for $12,500 with very little description of any work performed. A very nice and straight looking bike but, at 34,000 miles, probably needing a tear-down and who knows what else.
Well, I think people would agree that the R69S is more desireable...maybe it's a toss up with the R60/2 and R50/2...depends on what you want. But a something with more oomph might get the nod if the price was the same.
Prices are really all over the place...it's difficult to use selling prices as any real judge. It's all about what someone was/is willing to pay at that point in time. Tim Stafford of the west coast does ground up restorations...his bikes go over easily over $20K...they would win concours events.
Maybe you should just give your cousin the bike for free? I've a hunch that many of these project bikes on e bay are actually worthless, other than if purchased only to be parted out! Often it will cost more money and hassel to PROPERLY restore them than they will be worth when restored. This is not a hobby for folks wishing to make money?...FWIW, I think the late R50/2 is the best overall BMW of the '55-69 era, although admittedly not so good for investment.
I have an R50/2. I've already put more money into it than it's worth but I don't plan on selling it.
I really like it. It's smoother than my R69S and at highway cruising speeds it is a pleasure to ride. You can rev it freely. It would never make it up a good incline in 4th, so I'm often in 3rd going 65 - 70mph when I need the extra umph.
It's probably the most under-appreciated twin.
If you could ask the folks who designed the swingarm twins in the early-mid 1950's, they would have told you the R50 was the basic and most sensible solo bike, the R60 was specific for sidecar use, and the R69 was for the autobahn. When BMW Sales Department started losing sales to the British, they tried to respond by overstressing the R69 to become an "S", and marketed a short lived mechanical abortion known as the R50S. Nowdays of course, the Las Vegas auction crowd thinks they want an old BMW that can do wheelies and thus the popularity of the R69S...FWIW and in terms of an earlier era, I also happen to think the R51/3, especially the 1954 model, is a wonderful motorcycle, and the R68 just an overpriced absurdity.
Where in Penna ? Looking for a R50 or 60 project
Bout 2 hours from us sending you a PM, if you could send info would like to take a look at it if your selling it.
Post some photos.
Hi i would like to find out, was this red an orriginal colour, if so what is the spicific red called, do you have any idea what the colour scemes were for these bikes?
You're probably referring to Jeff Dean's picture of the red R60/2. He has more info on this page:
The color is called Granada Red.